I am terrible at making coffee, so I subbed 1T cocoa powder whisked into 1/2 cup boiling water. The meat really took on the bitter cocoa flavor in a really positive way! I'll be making this again.
Coffee-Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions
This recipe is reminiscent of a pot roast made with onion-soup mix, but the flavors are true and pure--and nobody misses the excess sodium. (For a slow-cooker variation, see below.)
36 Reviews for Coffee-Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions
I'd never known to add coffee to a pot roast before this recipe.
My tweaks: Seasoned a natural beef, leaner roast very well with Himalayan sea salt and freshly cracked all-color peppercorns. Browned well. Sauteed onions til clear, added 4 chopped cloves Elephant garlic and continued saute. Didn't have thyme but used tarragon which we love. Used Community Brand Coffee & Chicory INSTANT blend very strong. Added some Cabernet Sauvignon, baby organic carrots, organic cubed russet potato, beef bouillon granules. Transferred juice to cooktop, added slight amounts of cornstarch at a time to get right consistency of gravy per amount of water created by roast. Added a little more S&P. We thought it was great.
We just made this and the gravy was like gelatin. We threw out most of it. We followed the recipe so not so sure why it didn't come out right. Very disappointed.
I put my meat and onions right in to the slow cooker- I had no time to brown them- and it still turned out delicious. I buy my beef from a farmer and I did sprinkle it with English Prime Rib Rub spice blend from Penzeys Spices so maybe that was the difference. I will definitely make again and I'm never using the dry onion soup again.
After reading through the review, I got the vibe that this recipe was a bit bland. So I added extra garlic, extra thyme, extra vinegar, extra pepper--really trying to spice things up a bit. But I just finished eating it and I'm sorry to say my wife and I were very disappointed. The meat was tender alright--but had no taste! I could taste the sweetness of the caramelized onions, but beyond that it tasted like I had just boiled a roast in water. Sorely disappointing.